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Alana de la Garza: ‘Our Family Is Complete’

09/27/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Alana de la Garza Son Kieran Daughter Liv
Michael Roberts

Alana de la Garza is still glowing — and she’s not even pregnant anymore!

It’s been almost three months since the former Law & Order star and her husband Michael Roberts welcomed daughter Liv Elena into their world — and the family couldn’t be happier.

“Not to sound like a total mush, but even at 3 a.m., with breast milk all over my shirt, I just stare at her in awe and thank God that I have two healthy beautiful babies,” the 37-year-old actress tells PEOPLE, adding that both Roberts and their son Kieran , who turns 3 this weekend, are equally smitten.

“I love seeing my son with a look of adoration at his new ‘baby sista.’ I love seeing my husband cuddle our children, and I love looking at my kids and feeling like our family is complete,” she says.

Now that she’s welcomed her second child, de la Garza feels a little like Wonder Woman. “A girlfriend of mine once said, ‘Now that I’m a mom, I am a superhero.’ I remember just laughing and going on with our conversation,” de la Garza explains. “She was right! She is a superhero and so are all of the other parents out there.”

Especially, de la Garza says, the ones who do it all on their own. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration for the single parents out there,” she says.

Luckily, the mom-of-two has tons of help, which made recovering from a “tough” c-section, easier. “My husband got up in the morning with Kieran and took over bedtime and bath and my mom was the only reason we were not naked, starving and had trash piled to our front door,” she says.

“I am among the privileged that have a support system that let me take care of my little ones and myself,” she adds.

Calling motherhood “the most challenging role I’ll ever have,” de la Garza says it’s also the most important. “In life, the most important thing to me is family. Everything else comes and goes, but your family stays — changing and evolving — but they are permanent,” she shares.

– Lee Hernandez

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Deziree on

they are such a beautiful family.

i love them all and her babies are so adorable !

i wish i can hold her baby girl , she is too cute <3 (:

Janie on

Women who cannot or have not had children are pretty amazing too. Of course I’m thrilled for her, but doing what a teenage girl can do without thinking does not make a woman a superhero. Being a great person does, whether you have children or not. Best of luck to all.

LILAHK on

Beautiful!

NEEVEAH on

After reading this i feel like i got slapped in the face, so women who have or cannot have kids are not superheroes? Its like rubbing salt in a deep wound and pouring a liter of vinegar well thats wonderful that you can have kids but dont forget there are those who will never experience that miracle, feels like if you are not one of them you are below or less then.

Juliet on

She didn’t say moms own the superhero exclusives she just said they are superheroes. Even if you can’t have kids maybe you think that about your own mother? If you can’t handle what she wrote you shouldn’t be reading the moms and babies section on people. What she wrote was beautiful and relatable to many moms out there even if we aren’t famous.

Anonymous on

That was thoughtful of her to remember the single moms out there. I was one for 6 years…it is tough job.

Jess on

I’m a married mom w/ 2 kids and I was insulted. There are lots of people w/o kids who are on their own life journey and having children doesn’t make us any more special. I love my children more than anything and thank God so very much for them, but my life isn’t any better than someone else’s. This is my journey and I thank God for it.

Marky on

It is absolutely amazing to me that posters could possibly actually read this article, and take away from it a feeling of “being insulted because she said moms are superheroes”! Seriously?? If you don’t really enjoy reading these articles, read something else, but stop being rude in your “responses” or “opinions”, and tainting the enjoyment of those of us who do enjoy the “Celeb Babies” section.

This is a sweet article that doesn’t insult anyone, and only speaks to her experience. Shame on those of you who can’t just say something nice and go on!

Lisa on

If the only thing you got out of the above article is being offended, you really need to stay out of the babies section and go read somewhere else. Anyone who has had children, whether biologically or adopted, knows it’s a tough, crazy, wonderful job and it takes a ‘superhero’ to handle it. That in no way negates any other journey in life.

Dawne on

I didn’t read negativity or disrespect in the article towards non-biological parents. She stated, “She is a superhero and so are all of the other parents out there.” She (how I read it) is referring to all parents (biological or otherwise) as superheros.

Sandra on

Damn, people are so sensitive.

aeromel78 on

You’re all being WAY too sensitive about her “superhero” comment. i was raised by a single mom and I can tell you that she is without a doubt my superhero. She worked a full-time job and picked up various part-time ones in order to support us. She also cooked, cleaned, helped us with our homework and, even though she probably would have loved to rest, spent the weekends transporting us to birthday parties and extracurricular activities. She made sure that we spent plenty of time having fun as a family by taking us to the park, the zoo or the movies.

While doing all this, she also cared for her own aging parents, as well as three other elderly relatives. She battled health issues including two herniated discs in her spine which caused her a great deal of pain. She never got a chance to focus on herself because she had two people relying on her every single day.

I am 35 now and I have recently been going through health struggles of my own. I have no children and these issues may result in my never being ABLE to have children of my own. The fact is, because I have no children, I have the luxury of taking the time I need to focus on my health. When I miss time from work due to illness, I only have to worry about how to make ends meet for myself. I don’t have to think about whether the missed pay means I will struggle to find food for my kids that week.

Do I believe that I am a strong woman and pretty amazing in my own right? Absolutely. Do I think for one minute that there’s any way I could handle what I’m going through now while raising kids? Absolutely not. I think about my mom at my age, going through all her life challenges with two young children in tow and I don’t know how she did it.

Mr. Sunshine on

I’m happy for her! Enough said…

Rose on

She’s outrageously gorgeous & so are her sweet children :)

Jess on

To clarify, i’m not offended by the superhero comment. I saw my sister struggle with infertility, I sat with her, held her, cried with her until she finally felt “complete” w/o kids. I don’t know what infertility feels like firsthand, but it must have hurt to read things like this that indicate a life is incomplete w/o kids.

And shame on all of you all preaching “shame on you”, people have a right to have and voice their opinions. Calling people overly sensitive when some of are just simply stating opinions, not getting our knickers in a twist.

Mike on

My name is Mike Roberts, I’m Alana’s husband and father to the two beautiful children above. I never do this, go online and address comments but the argument that has ensued prompted me to do so because I think it’s important to understand, when you are asked questions for an article, they are geared a certain way and these questions were for the babies section. Undoubtably, my wife and I have a tremendous admiration for the people out there who can’t have children. It does take superhuman strength to deal with and overcome that situation, one I can’t begin to understand.

When we were first trying, it took us 6 months and I remember looking over at my wife’s face and seeing the panic sprouting. I remember thinking, please, please let it be okay. And then it was. We had our son. Months after, close friends of ours got pregnant and carried to term, only to lose their baby. And it devastated me and my wife. We cried for days, and I began thinking of impermanence and thought of how precious these little lives are and how every instant that we have them, how grateful I need to be. I went into my son’s room and I held him, and looked into his big brown eyes, his mother’s eyes, and I remember thinking, I will never let you go.

It pains me greatly for anyone to think that my wife doesn’t empathize with people who can’t have children. She does, deeply. And the article simply wasn’t framed in a way that addressed that.

I’d like to tell you about that couple that lost their son. They tried again and again, went through another miscarriage. And finally, only months ago — a couple weeks from the birth of our own daughter — that couple I speak of had a daughter too. And she is such a beauty. She has her mother’s eyes as well.

Finally I’d like to say that raising a child does take a superhuman quality, but you can be superhuman without children. We fully recognize that and have many friends who don’t have children by choice, but they contribute to us and the people around them in amazing ways. They are absolutely remarkable people as well. We respect everyone’s journey, and are very grateful for ours.

Now I can only hope my wife doesn’t kill me when she finds out I posted this.

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